eilat and border crossing
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Nov 15, 2012 11:42 AM Last Post By: laketraveller
Nov 3, 2012 12:57 PM
eilat and border crossinghi i will be moving on from Tel Aviv to Eilat in a few days and apart from the obvious laying on the beach . any tips for what i should do in this area . i dont have a car so will need to be public transport or day trips . thanks
also any advice about crossing the border into jordan here please
Nov 3, 2012 1:56 PM
1That land border crossing is generally regarded as the easiest to cross (of the three that link Israel and Jordan). About the only thing that would be likely to cause you a delay would be if you get stuck behind one or two big tour groups. Get there early and you'll do fine. It's very straight forward.
You'll be charged an exit fee on the Israeli side. I think it's around 102 NIS or so. Have the cash ready.
Nov 3, 2012 2:10 PM
3Nope. No bus. You have to take a taxi.
As I mentioned on your other thread concerning the Jordan side. There are no buses to or from the city center to the border in either Eilat or Aqaba. It's not expensive though. Figure around 30NIS to the border on the Israeli side and around 5JD from the border to central Aqaba on the Jordanian side.
On the Jordanian side though you're better off getting the taxi all the way to Wadi Musa (Petra).
Have a great trip.
Nov 3, 2012 3:09 PM
Nov 3, 2012 3:53 PM
5Direct from the border it is around 70JD or so.
If you go to central Aqaba first you may be able to find someone to share a taxi with (of course, you may also meet someone at the border to share the taxi with).
Nov 3, 2012 4:28 PM
Nov 4, 2012 1:10 AM
7It's difficult to do with public transport, but if you can manage a car or a day trip, you might want to visit Timna and the Hai Bar near Kibbutz Yotveta, a wildlife reserve with some interesting wildlife captive breeding for re-introduction programs.
Nov 15, 2012 10:26 AM
8I'm just back from Eilat and crossed the border for a day diving in Aqaba (corals there are in very bad condition, so I suggest Eilat for diving).
I went by taxi to the border and had to pay 30 NIS:
Border opens at 7:00 am, on Shabbat - and eventually also on Friday - at 8:00 am and closes at 20 pm (Israeli time).
First you have to pay a visa fee of 103 NIS (I don’t know, why you have to pay at the Israeli side and not at the Jordanian side, but that’s the way it goes). You pay less if you organize the visa at the post office in Eilat. I heard also that it’s better to change money in Eilat and not at the border.
After that you go to passport control and you leave Israel. You have to cross “No man’s land” before entering Jordan.
On the Jordanian side luggage is checked and you need two stamps at two different counters: one is the visa, the other is the entry stamp.
Friends told me, that the taxi to Aqaba City will cost 25 JD, sometimes they ask 30 JD. I paid 20 JD for the taxi to south beach. The dive centre organized a taxi to return to the border and I paid only 15 JD.
Exit fee from Jordan was 10 JD.
Back in Israel luggage is checked and you have to answer some questions. On the counter your passport will be stamped again.
That’s it, I didn’t have any problems.
Nov 15, 2012 11:42 AM
9The reason you had to pay the 103NIS on the Israeli side is because it is not a visa fee. It is an exit fee from Israel; the Jordanians have nothing to do with it.
Your entry visa to Jordan at that specific border crossing is free.
Just like when you left Jordan you paid a 10JD exit fee, but did you did not have to pay anything to enter Israel.
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